Ethiomedia | January 1, 2009

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s leading opposition leader, Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, has fallen ill from refusing to eat since her arrest on Monday, reliable sources have told Ethiomedia.

Doctors are being sent to Kaliti Prison in the suburbs of the Ethiopian capital to treat Ms. Birtukan, president of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJP – Andenet). Regarded as a unifying force of the ethnically-fragmented country, the arrest of the charismatic opposition leader has sparked protests and condemnations by Ethiopians around the world.